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Great Decisions In Foreign Policy

Sacred Cow: Defense Spending In An Era Of Economic Restraint (#401)

For the first time in decades, the U.S. is tightening its belt on defense spending. While traditional threats like nuclear and great power conflicts do remain. The post 9/11 challenges of terrorism and counterinsurgency have led to a paradigm shift in the way we think about our national security. Emerging threats like cybersecurity and biowarfare also require new thinking. Do 21st century challenges now pose a greater threat to U.S. national security than traditional threats like nuclear war, naval supremacy and ability to fight ground wars? Defense in an age of economic uncertainty. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: This award-winning series dedicates one episode to each of America's foreign policy challenges. From global organized crime networks to the rise of China's military, each episode gives armchair diplomats a deeper understanding of the challenges facing America in 2010.

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